People everywhere are getting into daily routines and habits. For most of us, we find comfort in a routine. Knowing what you’re going to be doing on a daily basis leaves a lot of guesswork out of life and creates stability, which makes us more productive and happy.
The problem comes when our habits bring us down. Getting overwhelmed, panicking, or freezing up in what would normally be typical daily tasks happens to everybody from time to time. Over time these small missteps can drag us down into dark places. Anxiety builds up and before you know it you’re in a rut.
There are literally thousands of ways we can get stuck in a rut. The trick is knowing effective strategies to get out of them. I assure you that it’s worth it. Not only is it worth it, but it’s actually an achievable task. By trying a few basic things most people can snap out of any rut. Let’s examine, a little more closely, some ways to do this.
We all have bad habits. Bad habits can bring us down and keep us stuck in ruts we don’t want to be in. If you’re like me you have got dozens of bad habits you wish you could break away from. Thinking about trying to get rid of all of them is probably impossible. Let’s keep it simple.
I recommend getting rid of just one habit at a time. It’s easier than it sounds. It starts by identifying what triggers your bad habit. For me, I love to eat ice cream on the couch. And if I end up sitting on the couch to partake of my favorite snack, I eat WAY too much.
For me to break that habit I had to only eat ice cream in the kitchen. Subtly altering that activity allowed me to stop eating so much ice cream. I felt better about myself because I wasn’t eating so many empty calories. And I felt even better because I actually did something positive for myself! What bad habits do you wish you could break? Try altering the triggers of those bad habits and see if it makes a difference.
Over time, I know that if I cut out ice cream from my diet, I’ll probably lose a few inches off my waste. This will undoubtedly make me feel better about myself, but the results will be slow. There are other ways I can feel better about myself more quickly. Doing things like subtly changing your appearance can pay off by vastly increasing your confidence.
A new haircut or wardrobe can do wonders for your attitude. Making sure you have good posture or stylish clothes are easy things to incorporate into your routine and increase your confidence. It’s true that if you look good on the outside you will feel good on the inside. The more confidence you have you will find that the feeling of being stuck in a rut will come much less often.
Do the Work
These changes can work for anyone. High school students and fortune 500 CEOs all get stuck in a rut from time to time. And as humans, we can all do these simple things to pull ourselves out of it. One of my favorite movies of all time is Bill Murray classic What About Bob.
In a classic scene, the main character Bob enters his therapist’s office. Bob pleads with his potential therapist to take him as a patient. The self-absorbed Dr. Leo Marvin gives Bob a new mantra to live by, “Baby Steps”. Dr. Marvin says, “It means setting small, reasonable goals for yourself. One day at a time, one tiny step at a time — do- able, accomplishable goals.”
Let’s all take Dr. Marvin’s advice. If you want to get out of a rut, choose a few bad habits or appearance issues, and set some goals to change them. Small, doable, and accomplishable goals. I promise that as you do you will leave those nasty ruts behind. Stay positive my friends, you can do it!